The city of Uvalde joined the Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District and George and Carolyn Ligocky in a lawsuit against the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
The lawsuit aims to force the EAA to backtrack on a recent rule change that makes it easier for permit holders to sell Base Irrigation Groundwater (BIG), which was originally mandated to remain with the land.
The lawsuit says the rules are unsupported by state law and violate the Texas Legislature’s longstanding mandate that a landowner may sell 50 percent of his or her
water but the other 50 percent must remain with the land.
According to UCUWCD general manager Vic Hilderbran, the rule amendment – which was approved Dec. 12 by the EAA – will greatly diminish Uvalde County’s economy within 30 years.
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